COLLEGE teacher Kim Atkins will be warm and cosy this winter after becoming become one of the first people to take advantage of a cut-price home insulation scheme.
The 52-year-old teacher at Chichester College wanted to insulate the 1950s bungalow in Hooks Lane, Havant, which she and her partner Alan Hunt bought together.
But faced with a bill she expected to exceed £400, she turned to the Insulate Hampshire scheme, backed by councils across The News region.
She said: ‘I had insulation done in a previous home and it cost about £400. It’s worth it in the end, but when you’ve just paid out for a house, you want to save some money. So we asked about Insulate Hampshire, and were delighted with it.’
Under the scheme, the couple got cavity wall and loft insulation, estimated to save around £300 per year on heating bills, for £174.
Ms Atkins said: ‘Earlier homes aren’t built to the eco-standards modern ones are, so it’s good for the environment to get the insulation. And it’s nice to save the money, too.’
Insulate Hampshire is backed by Hampshire County Council, as well as Gosport, Havant and Fareham Borough Councils, and East Hampshire District Council, though Portsmouth City Council is not part of the scheme.
It is open to all homeowners in the council boundaries, and offers cavity wall insulation from £75 for at least the first 5,000 to sign up, then from £99 after that.
Loft insulation will cost from £99 where there is currently none or less than 60mm.
Residents can join any time before September 2012, by calling 0800 952 0037, emailing enquiries @insulatehampshire.co.uk, or visiting insulate hampshire.co.uk.